Since 2015, Auburn High has had a sister-school partnership with Lycée Jean-Baptiste Say, a secondary school in the 16th district of Paris. We are thrilled to incorporate this partnership into our innovative language program to provide authentic contexts in which our students can develop and practice second language skills. There will be an emphasis on communication among students, classrooms and school communities through digital links and visits between France and Australia, with studies relevant to the curricula of both countries.
Jean-Baptiste Say occupies the premises of an old "château" that belonged to Nicolas Ternaux, a rich industrialist of the 19th century. Having been transformed into an educational facility, today it is divided into two buildings dating back to 1882 and 1897 around the cour d’honneur (yard) and the old castle, which houses the administrative rooms. The woodwork of the grand living room and of the headmaster’s office have been classified as holding historical significance since 1928.
In May 2015, our Dis-moi dix mots competition laureates, along with Principal Maria Karvouni and French teacher Madame Noëlla Charbonneau, visited Lycée Jean-Baptiste Say, where they met with staff and students to initiate this sister school relationship and we have enjoyed this partnership since then, with AHS and JPS students visiting one another each alternating year. We look forward to maintaining this sister-school partnership in future years.
Central Australia Trip
In year 10 and 11, students are offered the opportunity to travel to Central Australia. This memorable experience sees our students travelling across to Adelaide and up through South Australia into the Northern Territory. The itinerary provides students with the opportunity experience some of Australia’s most stunning landscapes, as well as to understand the challenges faced by remote communities in terms of education, medical care and resources as they visit remote settlements such as Coober Pedy and experience life in a dug-out. They travel to Uluru and Kata Tjuta and discover the traditional indigenous stories behind these majestic monoliths, they learn about the traditional medicines and food available to local people in the bush and the symbolism of the unique traditional art form of dot painting. They learn about the landscape of Australia, discover the geology of the area and challenge themselves with a walk up Kings Canyon.
NASA STEM Experience
Students in Years 9-11 with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics have the opportunity to visit the United States of America on this intensive educational tour, taking part in challenging STEM-based activities each day at a range of unique and specialised locations. Activities include the Kennedy Space Centre, Mars Base 1 and Astronaut Training Experience in Florida, the USS Hornet and California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and Universal Studios and the Knott’s Berry Farm Physics Program in Los Angeles. The trip is topped off with a fun and memorable day out at Disneyland.
Year 9 Adventure Camp
In Term 3, Year 9 students enjoy five days and four nights away at the Alexandra Adventure Resort. The resort is located two hours drive from Melbourne and is nestled in a picturesque valley, surrounded by working farmland. During their time away, students work on team building and problem-solving skills through a range of exciting activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling, laser sport and high ropes.
Year 8 Camp
Year 8 camp takes place in term two and explores the theme of ‘Challenge by Choice’. Our three day, two night camp is held at the Mt Evelyn YMCA camp. The range of activities on offer encourages students to challenge themselves, and to be understanding of personal differences. While some may strive to face the challenge of the giant swing, or the high ropes course, others may find their challenge in handling a tree frog during our wildlife encounter. Team work, problem solving and perseverance are promoted through hands on learning experiences.
Year 7 Camp
Our year 7’s enjoy a three day, two night camp during first term. Camp provides our new students with the opportunity to get to know their teachers and to strengthen and build new friendships. Activities focus on team building and communication. In 2020 we will be travelling to Waratah Bay, and enjoying the beautiful beach location. Waratah Beach Camp offers a range of initiative and adventure style activities and also gives us the opportunity to apply science skills of observation and classification when exploring the nearby rockpools. Year 7 camp forms an important part of the transition to high school.